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Train tickets on sale

Tickets of high speed trains which will start service on 28th of May are on sale.

High speed train services will restart on 28th of May on 4 different routes with 2 departures in each direction, 16 departures in total. Timetables are as below:

Istanbul-Ankara-Istanbul HST timetable
Istanbul-Konya-Istanbul HST timetable
Ankara-Konya-Ankara HST timetable
Ankara-Eskisehir-Ankara HST timetable

Train tickets are only sold on internet and ticket offices at stations. Agencies and call centers will not sell tickets for now.

Trains will only call at stations of departure and arrival cities. Stops in intermediate stations are cancelled. Trains will call at Halkali, Bakirkoy, Sogutlucesme and Pendik in Istanbul, Ankara Main Station, Eryaman and Polatli in Ankara.

HES codes which are given by application of Ministry of Health should be used while buying the train tickets. For the cities with travel restriction, “Travel Permit” should also be declared.

Other precautions due to pandemic are as follows:

  • Trains will run with max half capacity.
  • Passengers are obliged to use face masks during travel.
  • No food/drink service nor sale during travel.

No official announcement is made about other trains yet.

Cover photo: Steve Hobson ©

8 replies »

  1. Hi, is the Turkish rail transport system working or is it locked? Thanks

  2. Hi Onur,
    first of all thank you so much for all the great information and quick updates you provide in this time of crisis. As a foreign, i rely on your service and want to thank you so much for that!
    Do you think the main line trains such as the Izmir mavi or dogu express will restart during june? I am planning to make a tour at the end of june/beginning of july.
    Thank you so much!

    • Thank you Elvin for your kind words. I guess it’ll wait for the end of travel restrictions from metropol cities, which is expected very soon. For sure you’ll read that here as soon as it’s announced. 🙂

  3. is the railway line from Tatvan to Ankara working as scheduled these weeks ? 2 times per week ? I can t book the route on the official turkish railway website.

  4. Hi I want to travel from Istanbul to Sogut and then to Konya and then back to Istanbul after 1 night stay in Konya, is that all possible? March time in 2021?


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